With Love and Squalor

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With Love and Squalor
With Love and Squalor.jpg
Studio album by
  • Europe, New Zealand: February 27, 2005
  • France, US: January 10, 2006
  • Australia: February 5, 2006
  • Japan: February 22, 2006
  • Germany: March 4, 2006
RecordedSpring 2005
GenreIndie rock
Post-punk revival
LabelVirgin (UK, US)
ProducerAriel Rechtshaid
We Are Scientists chronology
Safety, Fun, and Learning (In That Order)
With Love and Squalor
Crap Attack
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars [1]
Blender3/5 stars [2]
Drowned in Sound(8/10) [3]
NME(7/10) [4]
Pitchfork Media(6.7/10) [5]
PopMatters(7/10) [6]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars [7]

With Love and Squalor is the major label debut album from rock band We Are Scientists. It was released in the United Kingdom in 2005 on Virgin Records and charted at No. 43, with a large cult following which enabled it to after nearly 6 months of release, gain a gold certification by the BPI in 2006. The album sold an average of 4,166 copies each week before it got the certification.[citation needed] The album title is derived from a J.D. Salinger short story, "For Esmé – with Love and Squalor", which was originally published in The New Yorker and subsequently in Nine Stories, a compilation of Salinger's short stories.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Keith Murray, Chris Cain and Michael Tapper
1."Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt"3:12
2."This Scene Is Dead"3:43
4."Can't Lose"3:31
6."Cash Cow"2:35
7."It's a Hit"3:26
8."The Great Escape"3:18
10."Lousy Reputation"2:35
11."Worth the Wait"2:43
12."What's the Word"3:17
Total length:36:55

The two songs on the 12-inch vinyl edition were both later released on Crap Attack; these songs were also featured on a 3-song CD that was available for purchase during their tour with Hot Hot Heat.


  1. ^ With Love and Squalor at AllMusic
  2. ^ [1] Archived October 13, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ [2] Archived July 26, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "NME Album Reviews - We Are Scientists: With Love And Squalor". Nme.Com. 2005-10-25. Retrieved 2012-03-15.
  5. ^ "12 Oct 05". Archived from the original on 2006-07-05. Retrieved 2007-02-22.
  6. ^ 9 Jan 06
  7. ^ 12 Jan 06